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September 2017 Southeast Region Update

We are looking forward to joining you soon at IECCon17, October 25-28, in Phoenix, AZ, celebrating the 60th anniversary of IEC...

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Permanent Injunction Issued on Overtime Rule

Last week, a federal judge Texas struck down the Obama-era overtime rule...

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IEC Tells DOL to Rescind the Persuader Rule

IEC submitted comments in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s notice of proposed rulemaking to rescind the Obama administration’s persuader rule...

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IEC Testifies Before Congress on Labor Shortage

On September 7, IEC National President Bruce Seilhammer testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access at a hearing titled, “Examining the Small Business Labor Market...”

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Green is Good, Green With Prefab is Better

As an increasing number of owners and jurisdictions adopt or specify local, state, or international codes or standards in support of green building options, strategies to cost effectively conform become increasingly vital for your organization. From the standpoint of a building’s or facility’s total life-cycle cost and impact, sustainable, green, or living building design and construction can prove to be a viable option for lower total cost of ownership.

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In the Zone of Protection

Arc flash continues to receive attention in our industry with both codes and standards requirements complemented by a decent assembly of technologies that help to reduce the amount of energy available in the electrical distribution system. When employing incident energy technologies, we must understand what is and is not provided with regard to incident energy reduction, ensuring those who must perform energized work understand the abilities of these technologies. Let’s explore a few of these technologies to better understand what is and is not provided for the worker.

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Technology ... What's Next?

As an electrical contractor, technological advances have led to additional opportunities and challenges. We have all seen how they can affect an increase in productivity in the field and in the office, and I’m sure we all can relate to some of the headaches associated with these same changes.

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IEC Renews Instructor Conference

IEC’s Instructor Conference – on hiatus for nearly 10 years – experienced a resurrection last month. More than 90 instructors were in attendance representing 21 chapters for the two-day conference, which was held July 21–22 at the Eaton Experience Center in Houston, TX. The entire event was sponsored by American Technical Publishers (ATP) and Eaton Corporation.

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The Risks of Sourcing Electrical Products Online

You’re in a pinch. You need a molded case circuit breaker (MCCB) for a project, but you’re running up against a deadline and you don’t think you have time to order through a distributor. So, naturally, you jump online and look for a reseller who can offer you a lowpriced option with fast turnaround. You find product that looks like a good choice. Sure, it’s being sold as unused surplus product, but that doesn’t matter – it should work as well as a new one. Finally, you place your order using next-day shipping (of course) and in less than 24 hours the product shows up at your door ready to be installed. No problem, right?

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2017 Kentucky NEC Adoption

Earlier this year IEC of KY & Southern Indiana found itself fighting to keep the adoption of the 2017 NEC on track for its adoption as voted on by the KY State Electrical Advisory Committee back in October 2016...

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